- Amazon announced a new type of instance this week for AWS Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) that focuses on memory intensive analytics, according to this ZDNet article. The instances are designed for workloads requiring a large amount of memory to maintain high-performance.
- Red Hat plans to add the software it acquired from its purchase of ManageIQ to its CloudForms offering, according to this InfoWorld article. The new software package will provide customers with a comprehensive set of management software required to run virtual applications in a hybrid environment.
- A recent European survey revealed that 38% of IT decision makers who use cloud backup and recovery tools aren't sure that their data is being backed up or saved securely in the cloud, according to this ComputerWorld UK article.
- Rackspace Hosting plans to expand its presence in the UK with a new 10 megawatt data center, according to this Data Center Knowledge article.
CloudViews Unplugged Video: AWS Outage, Google Science Grants & Netflix Janitor Monkey
In the latest episode of CloudViews Unplugged, Andi Mann and George Watt of CA Technologies discuss the Christmas Eve AWS outage, cloud standards, Google awarding 6 science projects with up to one billion core-computing hours and Netflix Janitor Monkey.
Preparing for the Cloud Computing SLA Cold War
By George Watt, CA Technologies
In a recent article, "Cloud Providers Ready to Strike With Nuclear Option", Simon Phipps stated that issues related to cloud service level agreements (SLAs) are "under acknowledged and overdue for attention". If you are not already convinced of this, ask yourself the following question: "When is the last time you read one of the click through services agreements you are presented with when acquiring a personal cloud (or other) service?"
Come on, be honest. I won't tell anyone. If you are like most people, you have probably reached the point where you've spent so much time reading through agreements, and you've read so many of them, they are all beginning to look the same. (Many of them probably are the same.) And since it is just you and I having a confidential conversation you can tell me whether you have ever read any of them. Unless you are someone who deals with SLAs for a living, I would bet Andi Mann's lunch that you have not read one in a very long time. Read the full article.
- What is the future of BYOD? Join us for a @CloudCommons #CloudViews tweetchat on January 29th at 2ET where we'll be discussing the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement. You can preview the questions and download the calendar invite on Smart Enterprise.
- What are the seven sins of cloud computing? In this Wired blog, Jake Gardner details the seven sins of cloud computing which includes organizational ignorance, belief in just the SLA, role assumptions, accepting guarantees of compliance, unregulated usage, thinking outsourcing removes risk, and failing to understand failure.
- Is this really the year of cloud? In this InfoWorld blog, David Linthicum discusses a recent Gartner survey of 2,000 CIOs which revealed that cloud computing remains a top tech priority for 2013.
- Are you ready for the public cloud? In this Smart Enterprise blog, Valeh Nazemoff discusses how to determine what belongs in the public cloud.
- RSA says that in the next few years, enterprises will begin using big data analytics to assess threats and risks and improve security decisions, according to this SecurityWeek article. The company suggests that organizations should start investing in security teams to bolster their analytics capabilities.
- Data scientists may be the most sought after job title in the near future, according to this The Fiscal Times article. The rise of big data has created a need for employees who are specialized in statistics, analytics, visualization, and computer science.
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